13 November 2013
A team of willing volunteers from our London office hit the streets last Thursday (7 November) to support The Royal British Legion's London Poppy Day (LPD) in a bid raise more than £1 million in a day, making it the largest street collection of its kind.
Joined by more than 2,000 other volunteers representing the Army, Navy, RAF and supporters, team WYG worked alongside colleagues from neighbouring offices QBE Insurance Europe Ltd, manning various tube and mainline stations collecting donations.
Graham Olver, WYG's Chief Operating Officer, accompanied LPD organisers Duncan Welham and Major General Tim Chicken, a number of representatives from the Armed Forces and celebratory supporters of the Royal British Legion including Dame Barbara Windsor, News Reader Alistair Stewart and HRHs the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The bus toured London throughout the day visiting collection sites, meeting the collectors and public, and stopping off for a chat with the Prime Minister before heading back to Covent Garden for the evening celebrations.
Graham said of the event: ‘The Royal British Legion is a tremendous organisation doing invaluable work in support of service personnel and their families, and we are proud to support them. It has been a privilege to join in with the collection teams and celebrations, and contribute to the success of London Poppy Day, and I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing firsthand the warm reception the public has given to the service personnel and volunteers on the streets of London. I look forward to our continued support of the Royal British Legion as we look at innovative ways in which we can help and even potentially replicate the London event in other major cities around the UK.’
He added: ‘Congratulations to all of the WYG employees involved in the day in London and the sister event in Bristol, and thank you to everyone who has donated to the Poppy Day Appeal.’
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